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Metal Roofing

By Karen Lawson
Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is used in all parts of the world, from African deserts to Iowa farms and has almost always been used commercially. It is now becoming increasingly popular for use in residential homes, partly because of its affordability and partly because of its energy efficient properties. This article will look at some of the factors figuring into the total cost of a metal roofing project and some of the lifetime benefits of metal roofing.

Metal roofing; what you get for your money

Though the initial cost may be two or three times that of standard asphalt shingles, metal roofing is actually a more sound investment. For the money, you get fifty years of very little maintenance and worry. You also will enjoy increased energy savings, as metal roofs have insulating as well as reflective qualities. Some insurance companies even offer discounts for installing this type of roofing, as it lessens the amount of money they will have to pay out for wind, hail, or any other weather-related problems. There is a tax credit right now for any homeowner upgrading to more energy efficient materials; this may be a qualifying upgrade. Metal roofs can also be painted any color, which gives you unlimited choices for the look of your home. Asphalt shingles come in a few different shades, but nothing like the variety available in metal. With all of the benefits of this type of roof, the initial output may not seem like that much at all.

So, how much does metal roofing cost?

The cost of metal roofing, as with any other roofing materials, varies based on quality of the material, size of the project, who installs it (you or a contractor), and any other extras like additional rust-proofing. Lower-grade metal roofs can cost around $1.35 per square foot, mid-range is around $5.25 per square foot, and high-grade can cost upwards of $11 per square foot. A 2500 square foot roof, then, could cost anywhere from $3,375 to $27,500. This cost is straight materials, not including labor costs or any tear-out of the old roof. At least $1,000 should be added to the cost of any estimate for labor.

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